Round Hill NR via Chiltern

Perhaps not the most direct route, but it had to be done. ~2500 km, probably 100ml of rain, and 152 birds (full list in the comments).

Google Earth with all my survey sites overlayed.

Day 1-4 was Sydney -> Chiltern with some uni work thrown in. It was cold, wet and windy. Not a lot of birding to be done. See earlier posts for the highlights.

Day 5 involved driving to Lake Cargelligo, which was to be my HQ for the following 3ish days. I firstly tried to re-create my last trip to Leeton and crossed fingers hoping for another Grey Falcon, but it wasn’t to be. I did manage to get photos of a Hobby eating a White-breasted Woodswallow though, so that’s pretty cool. The lake was super full! Last time we were there it was probably 60% full, and earlier in the year, there was footage on ABC news of the lake totally empty, so it was good to see it with some water in there.

A view of the lake

Between Chiltern and Lake Cargelligo, the first inland birds started to make an appearance – Blue Bonnet being my marker bird – when I start seeing them, I know I’m inland. There were more Blue Bonnets on this trip than any previous.

Blue Bonnet. This was taken at Whoey Tank, Round Hill NR, but you get the idea :)

Day 6 was a trip to Round Hill and Nombinnie NR’s, and a visit to Lake Cargelligo STW. First up was “Chat Alley”, which was devoid of Chats, but did produce White-winged Fairy-wren and Rufous Songlark. Whoey Tank at Round Hill was fantastic. The usual suspects were there (Spotted Bowerbird, Hooded Robin etc). Unfortunately the rain meant that I couldn’t get in to Nombinnie, although as the day was looking sunny and windy, so I had hopes that it would dry out a bit over the afternoon. The STW was, as always, fantastic. I ended up with about 30 species in 30 minutes, including Yellow-billed Spoonbill and Red-necked Avocet, both birds I’ve struggled with this year. They’re now safely on the year list. I also managed to see a pair of Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos and got a dodgy record shot of them.

Day 7 – had a planned trip again to Round Hill and Nombinnie, as well as going out to Mt. Hope. Unfortunately there was no power into Lake Cargelligo until 1 pm, so I had my half tank of petrol and around a 200km round trip… I decided to risk it, but as soon as the fuel meter got below 1/4 full, I would turn around. Fortunately the trip passed without event, and I was able to get into Nombinnie and the fabled “Old Wheat Paddock”. There was, however, a lake in the middle of the road, so I couldn’t get very far along the track, so no Red-lored Whistler for me, but I did manage Southern Scrub-robin, Shy Heathwren, Grey-fronted, White-fronted, Brown-headed and Black-chinned Honeyeaters, and a pair of Splendid Fairy-wren! Not a bad morning. At Whoey Tank I seemed to spend more time taking photos of plants than birds, although the highlight would have to be an obliging Mulga Parrot.

Mulga Parrot - this male had me running around trying to get a clear shot.

Day 8 – Up early for sunrise, and an uneventful trip home via Grenfell. I was going to camp at Weddin Mountains on the way home, but I’d ran out of food and was making good time, so home it was.

The Lake at freezing oclock

All of the images are being a bit cropped on the right – I’ll try to sort that out tonight on the late shift at work.

One thought on “Round Hill NR via Chiltern

  1. troythebirder Post author

    Species List:

    Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae
    Black Swan Cygnus atratus
    Australian Shelduck Tadorna tadornoides
    Australian Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata
    Australasian Shoveler Anas rhynchotis
    Grey Teal Anas gracilis
    Chestnut Teal Anas castanea
    Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa
    Hardhead Aythya australis
    Blue-billed Duck Oxyura australis
    Australasian Grebe Tachybaptus novaehollandiae
    Hoary-headed Grebe Poliocephalus poliocephalus
    Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
    Common Bronzewing Phaps chalcoptera
    Crested Pigeon Ocyphaps lophotes
    Peaceful Dove Geopelia striata
    Australian Owlet-nightjar Aegotheles cristatus
    Australasian Darter Anhinga novaehollandiae
    Little Pied Cormorant Microcarbo melanoleucos
    Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
    Little Black Cormorant Phalacrocorax sulcirostris
    Pied Cormorant Phalacrocorax varius
    Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus
    White-necked Heron Ardea pacifica
    Great Egret Ardea alba
    Eastern Great Egret Ardea modesta
    Intermediate Egret Ardea intermedia
    Cattle Egret Ardea ibis
    White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae
    Australian White Ibis Threskiornis molucca
    Straw-necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis
    Royal Spoonbill Platalea regia
    Yellow-billed Spoonbill Platalea flavipes
    Black-shouldered Kite Elanus axillaris
    Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus
    Collared Sparrowhawk Accipiter cirrhocephalus
    Spotted Harrier Circus assimilis
    Swamp Harrier Circus approximans
    Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax
    Little Eagle Hieraaetus morphnoides
    Nankeen Kestrel Falco cenchroides
    Brown Falcon Falco berigora
    Australian Hobby Falco longipennis
    Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
    Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio
    Baillon’s Crake Porzana pusilla
    Black-tailed Native-hen Tribonyx ventralis
    Dusky Moorhen Gallinula tenebrosa
    Eurasian Coot Fulica atra
    Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
    Red-necked Avocet Recurvirostra novaehollandiae
    Black-fronted Dotterel Elseyornis melanops
    Banded Lapwing Vanellus tricolor
    Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles
    Silver Gull Croicocephalus novaehollandiae
    Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo Lophochroa leadbeateri
    Galah Eolophus roseicapillus
    Little Corella Cacatua sanguinea
    Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
    Cockatiel Nymphicus hollandicus
    Australian King-Parrot Alisterus scapularis
    Superb Parrot Polytelis swainsonii
    Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans
    Yellow Rosella Platycercus flaveolus
    Eastern Rosella Platycercus eximius
    Australian Ringneck Barnardius zonarius
    Blue Bonnet Northiella haematogaster
    Red-rumped Parrot Psephotus haematonotus
    Mulga Parrot Psephotus varius
    Budgerigar Melopsittacus undulatus
    Turquoise Parrot Neophema pulchella
    Shining Bronze-Cuckoo Chalcites lucidus
    Fan-tailed Cuckoo Cacomantis flabelliformis
    Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
    Brown Treecreeper Climacteris picumnus
    Spotted Bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus maculatus
    Superb Fairy-wren Malurus cyaneus
    Splendid Fairy-wren Malurus splendens
    White-winged Fairy-wren Malurus leucopterus
    Variegated Fairy-wren Malurus lamberti
    Shy Heathwren Hylacola cauta
    Striated Fieldwren Calamanthus fuliginosus
    Speckled Warbler Chthonicola sagittata
    Weebill Smicrornis brevirostris
    Western Gerygone Gerygone fusca
    White-throated Gerygone Gerygone albogularis
    Yellow Thornbill Acanthiza nana
    Yellow-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
    Chestnut-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza uropygialis
    Inland Thornbill Acanthiza apicalis
    Brown Thornbill Acanthiza pusilla
    Southern Whiteface Aphelocephala leucopsis
    Striated Pardalote Pardalotus striatus
    Yellow-tufted Honeyeater Lichenostomus melanops
    Yellow-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus ornatus
    Grey-fronted Honeyeater Lichenostomus plumulus
    Fuscous Honeyeater Lichenostomus fuscus
    White-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus penicillatus
    White-fronted Honeyeater Purnella albifrons
    Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala
    Yellow-throated Miner Manorina flavigula
    Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Acanthagenys rufogularis
    Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata
    Black-chinned Honeyeater Melithreptus gularis
    Brown-headed Honeyeater Melithreptus brevirostris
    Blue-faced Honeyeater Entomyzon cyanotis
    Noisy Friarbird Philemon corniculatus
    Little Friarbird Philemon citreogularis
    Striped Honeyeater Plectorhyncha lanceolata
    Grey-crowned Babbler Pomatostomus temporalis
    White-browed Babbler Pomatostomus superciliosus
    Ground Cuckoo-shrike Coracina maxima
    Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike Coracina novaehollandiae
    White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike Coracina papuensis
    Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis
    Rufous Whistler Pachycephala rufiventris
    Grey Shrike-thrush Colluricincla harmonica
    Crested Bellbird Oreoica gutturalis
    White-breasted Woodswallow Artamus leucorynchus
    Dusky Woodswallow Artamus cyanopterus
    Grey Butcherbird Cracticus torquatus
    Pied Butcherbird Cracticus nigrogularis
    Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen
    Pied Currawong Strepera graculina
    Grey Fantail Rhipidura albiscapa
    Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys
    Australian Raven Corvus coronoides
    Little Raven Corvus mellori
    Restless Flycatcher Myiagra inquieta
    Magpie-lark Grallina cyanoleuca
    White-winged Chough Corcorax melanorhamphos
    Apostlebird Struthidea cinerea
    Jacky Winter Microeca fascinans
    Scarlet Robin Petroica boodang
    Red-capped Robin Petroica goodenovii
    Hooded Robin Melanodryas cucullata
    Southern Scrub-robin Drymodes brunneopygia
    Golden-headed Cisticola Cisticola exilis
    Australian Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus australis
    Little Grassbird Megalurus gramineus
    Rufous Songlark Cincloramphus mathewsi
    Brown Songlark Cincloramphus cruralis
    White-backed Swallow Cheramoeca leucosterna
    Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena
    Fairy Martin Petrochelidon ariel
    Tree Martin Petrochelidon nigricans
    Common Blackbird Turdus merula
    Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris
    Mistletoebird Dicaeum hirundinaceum
    Diamond Firetail Stagonopleura guttata
    House Sparrow Passer domesticus
    Australasian Pipit Anthus novaeseelandiae

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